All Kid’s Leader Defends Hiring Practices

May 5, 2014

The president of All Children’s Hospital says it will keep recruiting specialists and hiring its own doctors, despite a whistle-blower lawsuit and $7 million settlement, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jonathan Ellen, President of All Children's Hospital
Credit All Children's Hospital

Dr. Jonathan Ellen was not president when the St. Petersburg hospital was accused of overcompensating physicians, a violation under the federal Stark law, which concerns doctors who refer patients to hospitals with which they have a financial relationship. He told the Times the hospital settled to avoid additional legal costs. Stakes are high in Stark lawsuits, as illustrated by a recent  $85-million settlement by Halifax Health.